Explore Classes & Seminars!

Welcome! We are delighted that you will be joining us in the fall. We think you will find University of Puget Sound an intellectually stimulating and exciting place to be. Use the pages in this section of the Welcome Website to learn more about your first-year advising class and seminar options.

Once you accept your offer of admission and make your Advance Tuition Payment, a helpful planning tool will become available on myPugetSound -- the Advising Placement Questionnaire (APQ). This tool will help you identify and prioritize topics that interest you, and help you select classes for your first semester at Puget Sound.

All students must complete the APQ, as we use your responses on this questionnaire to create your fall schedule and for your advisor to get to know you a bit before you meet at Orientation. Please complete this questionnaire by June 15.

First-Year Students | Transfer Students

First-Year Students - Advising and Seminars

To help you get off to the best start possible, we have developed a comprehensive First-Year Academic Advising Program that will place you in a first-year advising group for fall term. Our advising classes are introductory and designed for any well-prepared entering student. Because they cover a wide range of topics, you should be able to find one that particularly interests you.

As you begin your work on the college's core requirements, you will also be enrolling in the first of two first-year seminars. In the Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry I (SSI-1), students engage challenging texts and ideas through guided inquiry led by the faculty member. Students begin to develop the academic abilities of reading, writing, and oral argument necessary to enter into academic conversations. These seminars are offered in a variety of disciplines addressing a variety of topics. Both seminars are limited in size to give you and your classmates the chance to be fully engaged in classroom dialogue. Upon successful completion of your SSI-1, you will take SSI-2 in the spring.

Advising Placement Questionnaire
Before we can place you in the most appropriate advising group and first-year seminar, we need to know your preferences. The FAQ and First-Year Advising pages address common advising questions and will help you explore and preview your options. The Advising Placement Questionnaire is another tool to help you plan, and is available on your myPugetSound account. From your To Do List items on myPugetSound, click on “Advising Placement Questions” to complete the questionnaire and indicate your advising class and seminar preferences. After ranking those two types of course, the questionnaire will continue to collect your interests -- academic and co-curricular -- and be used to create your fall course schedule. Please be aware that preferred advising classes and first-year seminars will fill rapidly, so we recommend that your respond promptly. Please read the FAQ section of the main academic advising Web site before completing your questionnaire.

If you have questions about your myPugetSound account, please contact Luanne Meyer by e-mail at lmeyer@pugetsound.edu.

Transfer Students - Advising & Registration

For all entering transfer students with college experience and credit, we offer a streamlined pathway to an academic advising assignment and registration for fall classes.

Advisor Assignment
When you applied for admission, you gave us some indication of your intended academic major (if you have chosen one). We will assign you a faculty advisor in the department of your intended major (often the chair) if you have chosen one; if you are undecided, we will assign you an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising. You will receive a letter soon after you have submitted your advanced tuition payment naming your academic advisor and giving you contact information for him or her.


You and your academic advisor will meet in person, on Zoom, or over the telephone to complete your first registration for classes at Puget Sound. You and your advisor will discuss the academic credit you are bringing with you, how that credit applies to Puget Sound core and major requirements, and decide on a fall class schedule. Once you and your advisor have settled on an appropriate schedule for fall, he or she will remove your registration hold which will allow you to use myPugetSound to register for your classes.

If you have questions about your myPugetSound account, please contact Luanne Meyer by e-mail at lmeyer@pugetsound.edu.